192.168.0.1 – Private and Default IP Explained
The IP address 192.168.0.1 is another private IP address widely used by router manufacturers as a default IP for their routers. Of course, the popularity of this IP is also attributable to the manufacturers, Netgear and D-Link, who are certainly the two most popular brands. Since we have mentioned that the IP 192.168.0.1 is both a private and a default IP address in the next few lines we are going to give some more details about it.
192.168.0.1 as a Private IP Address
Why this IP is called “private”? Simply, there are a few IP ranges named “private” and 192.168.0.1 is in one of these ranges. 192.168.0.1 belongs to the range of private IPs from 192.168.0.0 up to 192.168.255.255. All these IPs can’t be accessed from the Internet (Network Address Translation (NAT) is required for Internet communication). The private IPs can be used in a network, and it is good to know that only one device can have this IP 192.168.0.1. If two devices happen to have the same IP a, so-called, “IP conflict” can occur, which can cause one of the units, or both, to become unusable inside that particular network. However, this IP can be freely used in two different networks and even more.
192.168.0.1 as a Default IP Address
So what exactly is a default IP? Well, we can simply say that it is an IP address used by router manufacturers, which help the end user gain access to the router configuration and edit all the settings that have to be set up, such as network security, etc. At the same time, this is the first place you go if you experience any networking problems. All manufacturers use one default username and password for their routers, so it is recommended to change the password once you set up your network.
Once you login to the configuration settings area you can greatly improve the security of your network. For example, you can change your default password, turn on or off WPA/WEP security, change your SSID or completely hide it. It is important to change these settings and apply the changes if you want to stay away from potential hacker attacks.
How can I access my router configuration settings ?
If you already know that your default IP is 192.168.0.1, simply type this IP in the address bar of your browser. It is not necessary to type www or http:// in front of it. However, make sure not to type 192.168.o.1 because IP addresses are made of numbers, not numbers and letters. You will be asked to enter your username and password (see the table below for default usernames and passwords)
*NOTE: If these usernames and passwords don’t work you can check your user manual.
This doesn’t work – What now ?
Unfortunately, there are some cases when the default username and password won’t work. This can happen due to many reasons:
- Someone has changed it
- You have changed it and forgotten it
- You have purchased a second-hand router and know nothing about it
- You are typing 192.168.o.1 which is not a valid IP address.
Luckily, you can still access your configuration settings. Resetting your router to its factory settings is the most common options because in this way the default usernames and passwords you have seen in the table above will definitely work. Before we continue we have to inform you that if you decide to reset your router all the previous settings will be deleted, so continue with care. To reset the router, you can consult your user manual and follow the steps. A paper clip or a pen will be very helpful here. Once you complete this operation, your router will be set to the default factory settings. This means that the default username and password will work. Just once more we have to remind you not to use 192.168.o.1. You would be surprised how much trouble a simple typing mistake can make.